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It sucks since I built a quad core x4 940 build for both of my dad and friend for $400 and $450

 

thats insane........ how long did it take?

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thats insane........ how long did it take?

the builds, minutes or the parts gathering??

 

oh and I forgot to mention they don't have discrete graphics :P (which makes it more believable)

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Thanks to everybody who posted. I have read all your posts, and I have followed multiple of your guys' suggestions. Here is what I have (hopefully this is the final check, because I would like to order the parts today):

 

CPU: $59: Amd Athlon II x2 240 Regor 2.8 GHz : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103688

 

Mobo: $55: ASRock K10N78M AM3 GeForce 8100 Micro ATX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813157160

 

PSU: $70: ($45 after rebate) OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ55FTY 550W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341022

 

RAM: $83: G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800 (PC6400) 240-pin: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231122

 

Video Card: $45 with OS: Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102829

 

The keyboard, mouse, DVD Burner, OS, and hard drive are the same. Including shipping, and if the $25 rebate for the PSU comes through, this package totals $502, which is very good, considering my stated price goal. Of course, I have to buy a case still, but like I said, I can get a $40 one at Compusa, and $40 over isn't too bad.

 

So, will this new combination of parts (mobo+PSU+RAM+video card+CPU) work? I have never dealt with a micro ATX mobo... is there any difference besides the size and less features (I presume)? Will the vid card fit?

 

As far as the vid card, maybe my OP was misleading. My friends are not PC gamers. It would be nice if they could run a game or 2, but I am more concerned with them being able to run Win7-64 fine and watch videos, etc. They can always invest in a better vid card later if they want.

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Thanks to everybody who posted. I have read all your posts, and I have followed multiple of your guys' suggestions. Here is what I have (hopefully this is the final check, because I would like to order the parts today):

 

CPU: $59: Amd Athlon II x2 240 Regor 2.8 GHz : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103688

 

Mobo: $55: ASRock K10N78M AM3 GeForce 8100 Micro ATX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813157160

 

PSU: $70: ($45 after rebate) OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ55FTY 550W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341022

 

RAM: $83: G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800 (PC6400) 240-pin: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231122

 

Video Card: $45 with OS: Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102829

 

The keyboard, mouse, DVD Burner, OS, and hard drive are the same. Including shipping, and if the $25 rebate for the PSU comes through, this package totals $502, which is very good, considering my stated price goal. Of course, I have to buy a case still, but like I said, I can get a $40 one at Compusa, and $40 over isn't too bad.

 

So, will this new combination of parts (mobo+PSU+RAM+video card+CPU) work? I have never dealt with a micro ATX mobo... is there any difference besides the size and less features (I presume)? Will the vid card fit?

 

As far as the vid card, maybe my OP was misleading. My friends are not PC gamers. It would be nice if they could run a game or 2, but I am more concerned with them being able to run Win7-64 fine and watch videos, etc. They can always invest in a better vid card later if they want.

Sorry I have to go caps on you but JUST GET A GODDAMN 5750 xD

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Sorry I have to go caps on you but JUST GET A GODDAMN 5750 xD

Not really necissary.

 

But he is correct, you SHOULD get the 5750 or no lower than the 9800gt....the 4650 was the budget card of last year....the 9800gt or the 5750 will flat out obliterate the 4650 in every aspect.

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Sorry I have to go caps on you but JUST GET A GODDAMN 5750 xD

 

Not really necissary.

 

But he is correct, you SHOULD get the 5750 or no lower than the 9800gt....the 4650 was the budget card of last year....the 9800gt or the 5750 will flat out obliterate the 4650 in every aspect.

 

I already ordered the 4650 (see build below), but those cards were out of my price range anyway. I'm sure they beat the 4650, but I just couldn't afford them, given my total budget.

 

 

 

Those are both great deals; I probably should have gone for that 4670, but I didn't read your post until after I ordered. I ended up getting a Sapphire 4650 (see below) for $45 ($10 off with Windows 7); it got pretty good reviews though, so I'm not too worried.

 

Thanks everybody for all your input, some of which I incorporated into my final decision. I have already ordered the parts, and they are on the way to my house. This is the build:

 

$105 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

$70 OCZ Fatal1ty 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - OCZ550FTY - Retail

$62 ASRock AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - M3A770DE - Retail

$59 AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

$55 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Card - 100253HDMI - Retail

$55 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - F3-10600CL8D-2GBHK - Retail

$55 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - HD502HJ - Bare Drive

$55 Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$29 LITE-ON Black SATA CD/DVD Burner - iHAS124-04 - OEM

$10 Microsoft Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - N71-00007S - OEM

$7 LITE-ON 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - SK-1788/BS - Retail

 

Including shipping, this comes out to $569, and if I get the $25 rebate for the PSU, that comes out to $544.

 

1 Question: Does the RAM type of the video card need to match the memory standard of the motherboard? In other words, will that video card not work in that mobo because of the RAM, or are they unrelated? I was also concerned about the card not fitting in the motherboard, but I will probably just have to wait and see about that. Worst case, I can always just order that 4670, lol.

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1 Question: Does the RAM type of the video card need to match the memory standard of the motherboard? In other words, will that video card not work in that mobo because of the RAM, or are they unrelated? I was also concerned about the card not fitting in the motherboard, but I will probably just have to wait and see about that. Worst case, I can always just order that 4670, lol.

No it does not have to match, this was one of the hardest budgets to satisfy :D

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